Indian government will make sure that Christians living in the country get justice and protection against religious persecution.
According to details, Rajnath Singh- Indian Federal Home Minster who is second-in-command to India’s Premier Narendra Modi has said, “We have always been with the Christian community and will always remain with them. There should be no confusion regarding this.”
Rajnath Singh was addressing the audience at a Christmas dinner which was organized by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) on December 17 in New Delhi. During his address, he spoke about recent attacks on church in New Delhi. He said that these incidents seem to be a conspiracy or a coincidence.
Attacks on churches initiated with the burning of St. Sebastian Church in New Delhi on November 30, 2014. This was followed by a series of incidents of churches being vandalized and burnt for a period of two months.
Ever since the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party has rose to power in May last year; it has been speculated that BJP has been closing eyes to India’s minority communities. While on the other hand, the Indian Christian leaders hold religious hardliners responsible for these attacks.
“All the attacks happened just before the Delhi assembly elections and now they have suddenly stopped. I am not able to understand this,” he said. He further remarked that there might be a possibility that some people are trying to spread hatred among different religious communities but “the religion to which I belong preaches love and peace.”
Rajnath Singh further said that Indian traditions and cultures are in accordance to Christianity by a long way. He further said that Christianity arrived in India in the first century, he said, “India has always been accommodative and inclusive. This is the character of India.”
This dinner was attended by Cardinals Oswald Gracias of Bombay, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of Trivandrum and Telesphore Placidus Toppo of Ranchi, various Indian bishops and officials from the Vatican embassy. Apart from these, members of the Indian parliament and several other foreign ambassadors also were invited at this dinner.
Cardinal Cleemis- President of CBCI said that even though religious and cultural tensions exist in India “there is a common ground on which human society can build its dreams and aspirations, and that is love.” He urged the government to take “all efforts to keep its citizens in peace and tranquillity.”